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Pork and Apple Empanadas

After writing the Empanadas post the other day, I was inspired to give it a go myself!  I honestly didn't know what empanadas were until I wrote that post.  We made the Pork and Apple recipe yesterday and wanted to share the experience!

My 3.5 year old daughter helped too!  Anything that needed measuring or stirring, she was the girl for the job.  She was fascinated by making the dough ball and then splitting them up.  It is a longish process so she left and came back when she wanted to be a part of it again.

The instructions are easy to follow and the insides (shredded pork and apples) turned out really well!  I was pleasantly surprised.  The recipe makes 16 empanadas.

When it came to tasting the finished Empanada, my daughter was excited to try it because it looked like a cookie.  She took a bite and said "good."  That is a great success for a new food for this kid.

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.